WG 6: Health Care, Medical Technology, Care

Self-learning systems promise a great potential for the health care system. Prevention, diagnosis and therapy are improved through the use of intelligently linked patient data. Medical assistance systems will help to recognise diseases at an early stage. They will also assist during surgery. In the care sector, digital assistances can help lifting and moving older patients. It is not the goal of medical AI-applications to replace skilled workers. Instead, the new technology wants to unburden and to support as best as possible. At the same time, the health care system is confronted with several important social questions. For instance, how safe is the personal health data being protected? Who is liable when the AI misdiagnosis?

Topics and Organisation of the Working Group

The Working Group deals with the options provided by self-learning systems for prevention, diagnosis and treatment in the medical field, in long-term care and rehabilitation. It also addresses questions of social acceptance and data protection.

Karsten Hiltawsky

Klemens Budde

Members of the Working Group

  • Prof. Dr. Roland Eils
  • Berlin Institute of Health (BIH)
  • Dr. Elsa Kirchner
  • German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)
  • PhD Manfred Klevesath
  • Merck KGaA
  • Stefan Kley
  • GRB Gesellschaft für Risiko-Beratung mbH
  • Prof. Prof. h. c. Dr. med. Thomas Lenarz
  • Hannover Medical School (MHH)
  • Dr. Hans-Otto Maier
  • B. Braun Melsungen AG
  • Hardy Müller
  • Aktionsbündnis Patientensicherheit
  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Neumuth
  • Leipzig University
  • Dr.-Ing. Matthieu-P. Schapranow
  • Hasso Plattner Institute for Digital Engineering
  • Eva Maria Welskop-Deffaa
  • Deutscher Caritasverband e.V.
  • Prof. Dr. Karin Wolf-Ostermann
  • University of Bremen
  • Prof. Dr. Ing. Thomas P. Zahn
  • Gesundheitswissenschaftliches Institut Nordost (GeWINO)
  • Christian Zapf
  • Siemens Healthineers AG

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Key Questions for the Working Group

  • Which opportunities occur for self-learning systems when patient, clinical and wearable data is connected with each other?
  • How can we use Data Science and AI for prevention approaches?
  • What are the opportunities for self-learning assistant systems during operations and in the care sector?
  • Which role do AI-technologies play when it comes to prosthetics and exoskeletons?
  • How can self-learning systems relieve skilled personal in health care?

Conclusions and Contributions of the Working Group

  • Publications

  • Videos

Klemens Budde
Professor at Charité Berlin comments on the conclusions of working group 6 (in German).

Steven Hildemann
Global Chief Medical Officer at Merck comments on how AI will transform the medical field (in German).

Coordination of the Working Group at the Managing Office: Dr. Thomas Schmidt